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Family history certificates

We hold records of all births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships that have taken place in Liverpool and the majority of West Derby, Toxteth Park and a small area of Prescot, since 1 July 1837.

Before you apply

Please supply us with the information below. Unfortunately, without it we will be forced to return your application.

Search the Lancashire BMD for the record reference

Before you apply for a family history certificate by our Standard or Express service, you will need to find the index reference of the record. You can do this by:

What if I cannot find a record on the Lancashire BMD?

If you cannot find the index reference for a record on the Lancashire BMD database please give us the full event details listed below: 

  • Name of the person (and the name of their partner in the case of a marriage/civil partnership).
  • Exact date of the event.
  • Exact place of birth or death.
  • Name of the church, register office or venue, for a marriage/civil partnership.

Alternatively, please provide us with the details below which can be found on the Free BMD database. Your local library may be able to help you with this search.

  • Name and initials exactly as stated on index.
  • Registration district.
  • Year and quarter

Please note: If you are applying with the full event details or Free BMD database details you must use our Index search service.

Additional verifiable information

You should also include any additional information that will help us verify that we have found the correct record, for example:

  • Birth record – father or mother’s names, mother’s maiden name.
  • Death entry – occupation or address of deceased, possible informant’s names.
  • Marriage entry – occupation or address of either party.

How much will it cost?

Type of service, cost and how to order a family history certificate
Type & cost Delivery timeHow to orderSearch reference details
Standard service - £10 plus postage Ready for collection or to be posted out within seven days
  • Online
  • Over the counter
  • By post
You must supply the Lancashire BMD index reference for  this service
Express service - £30 plus postage * Ready for collection or to be posted out on the same day
  • Online - application and payment must be received by 2.30pm Monday-Friday
  • Over the counter - application and payment must be received by 4pm Monday-Friday. This service is not available on Saturdays
You must supply the Lancashire BMD index reference for this service
Index search service - £10 plus postage Ready for collection or to be posted within 15 working days
  • Online 
  • Over the counter
  • By post
For customers who cannot find a Lancashire BMD but can give us details from the Free BMD database or full event details outlined above

* The Express service fee cannot be refunded if an incorrect Lancashire BMD index reference is supplied, or the additional verifiable information does not match the record.

How to apply

Apply online

You can order online using a credit or debit card.

Apply online for a family history certificate

Apply at the public counter

Monday to Friday: 9am-4.45pm
Saturday: 9am-12pm

Liverpool Register Office
St George's Hall
Heritage Entrance
St George's Place
Liverpool
L1 1JJ

Please use the Heritage Entrance of St George’s Hall located at the top of St John’s Lane. Our reception desk is on the first floor.

Payment may be made at the counter by credit/debit card, cash, postal order or cheque. If you want your certificate posted back to you please bring a stamped addressed envelope or we will add the cost of return postage to the total we charge.

Apply by post

Please select the correct form below (or send us a letter with the details outlined in 'Before you apply') and return it to the address on the form with the correct fee. Cheques or postal orders should be made out to ‘Liverpool City Council’. We do not accept cash or credit/debit cards details through the post. 

Remember to send a stamped addressed envelope with your application, or add the cost of return postage to the total you send.

Please send a separate cheque or postal order for each certificate you order.